New Orleans Hornets: Bouncing Back from a Two-Year Decline

July 29th, 2010 by Wesley Osborne Leave a reply »
How exactly did a 56-win Hornets team from 2008 turn into a lowly 37-win team in just two seasons?

There is no one true reason, but rather a variety of them. Bad moves off the court, as well as key injuries and inconsistent play, yielded a quick decline for a team which was once considered to be a rising force in the NBA.

There are two ways you can explain in short how the last two disappointing seasons in New Orleans have played out.

The first being that the talent around star point guard Chris Paul diminished as the team was exposed as a one-hit wonder, or secondly, that the Hornets have simply had to deal with a perfect storm of problems, but still have the potential to make it back to the top of the Western Conference standings.

Let's examine the latter. 

In order to do so, let's take a look at the main problems that have attributed to the team's decline, and how the team has either already answered or will need to answer them this season.

Lack Of Youth Development

Following the 2007-2008 season, the Hornets were in much need of young talent on the roster. But rather than address certain k ...

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